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Title: John Love, Banbridge, Co.Down, to Robert Love, Virginia
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelove, john sr/175
SenderLove, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionProtestant?
OriginBanbridge, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationPetersburg, Virginia, USA
RecipientLove, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2393/2/13: Presented by Messrs Heron & Dobson, Banbridge, Co.Down
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9503188
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 21:03:1995.
Word Count645
TranscriptDr [Dear?] Robert Banbridge May 7 1820
I wrote to you about three weeks ago and
sent it by Liverpool, wherein I let you know how when
Sloan went to live with your Grandmother we asked them
to give us two acres of the land which was out of lease
and we would pay the high rent for it and never trouble them
for anything else till the old womans death supposing she
would live these fifty years, instead of complying Sloan
told your mother to "go elsewhere and look land, what
businesshad she with it neither Mr Hudson nor Mr White
should get it for her for he was in possession of it and
would keep it new and for ever, I want to inform you now of the
triumph I have got over these enemies of peace and justice
Mr White is now in this lawn receiving his rents so on Monday
week last I went to him and told him how the late occupier of
that land had two children and my wife was one of them
and that we wanted the half of the land from his honour
he said it was just and right and fair that we should get it
and so him and Mr Hudson settled the business by sending
a notice to the old woman and her son to clear off for us
at November. I think it will give you pleasure to hear this
you may sing the matter over in the following lines to the tune
of the Boyne Water
In spite of Sloan and all his force
The land shall be divided
At holantide with grief he'll see
That business all desided [decided?]
The honourable Mr White
Has granted my desire
And said it was both just and right
For this I him admire
This stranger acted juster for to me than my old Mother
More friendship I have found in him, Than in my selfish brother
When he was asked to share the farm, He bid us "go elsewhere
And look for land and as to that, With us he would not share"

The notice that they got of late, To leave it at November
Has gave there selfish minds a shock, Which they shall
long remember
If they had freely gave the land without dispute or grumble
Their pride would not have brought them loss, Or gave them
such a tumble

A man more selfish I dont know, Than Sloan through all this
His nation and behaviour here, Bespeakes him quite a heathen
It will be an eternal stain upon him late and early
To see us in possession of the land he ploughed and [-------y?]

This is my 7th letter to you tell me if you get them all,
and how you
get your health and how like the business you are at, tell me
if the coockoo [cuckoo?] is heard in America at this
season as she is here

No bird comes here the season through
I love so well as the coockoo [cuckoo?]
When she comes here all things look gay
And so remains while she does stay

Tell me if you ever got any of my letters that mentioned
your young
sister Eliza who was born last October, we are all
in a measure
of health at present thanks be to God, we have broke
off all
intercourse with Sloan and his family since January
last, and so has John Lavery. Trade is very dull here
as yet. The
garden looks well this year. Meditate often on that
wise sentance [sentence?]
Man knows thyself, all wisdom senteres [centres?] here

And on that commandment on which hangs all the law and the
Prophets and practice accordingly, so shall your life be
happy and your end glorious, grant it my God for Christ
So prays your loving Father
John Love